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Educators in Montgomery County, Maryland, held a car parade protest against returning to work Tuesday.

The Montgomery County Board of Education voted Feb. 9 to return to in-person instruction Mar. 1 for for special needs and technical education students, and Mar. 15 for all other students, according to WTOP.

The Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA) said it was rallying for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) to address “outstanding educator concerns.”

Large teacher car rally against MCPS reopening plan.

— Tim Carney (@TPCarney) February 23, 2021

The MCEA streamed the event to social media, showing off what appeared to be hundreds of vehicles proceeding through the streets with signs and honking horns. “When the pandemic started, teachers were praised and honored….now, they are being villainized for trying to keep their communities safe,” said one attendee, Jeremy Levine, according to MCEA.

Derek Turner, MCPS chief of engagement, innovation, and operations, said the schools will use masking, social distancing and hand sanitizing to ensure a safe environment, according to WTOP. Thermometers will also be distributed to all families, and classes will quarantine if one teacher or student tests positive. Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is reportedly giving the county 50,000 rapid testing kits.

Over 20% of teachers and staff in MCPS have been vaccinated, WTOP reported. Still, some teachers are saying it isn’t enough. (RELATED: 66 GOP Congressmen Accuse Biden Of Ignoring Science On Reopening Schools)

So, hundreds of the teachers cars haven’t moved yet because there’s now a Massive traffic jam in the looping route the teachers are taking.

— Tim Carney (@TPCarney) February 23, 2021

“MCPS employees are NOT the Giving Tree! We will NOT sacrifice our health and safety. We are insulted that it was assumed that we should just suck it up and obey the delusional, dangerous directives,” MCEA vice president Jennifer Martin said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined it is safe to reopen schools with proper precautions in place.

Extensive scientific evidence has been compiled showing that schools are not overly susceptible to COVID-19 spread. Spread in schools typically mirrors spread in the surrounding community, and young children are not at high-risk compared to older adults or those with compromised immune systems.

“We are here today because, frankly, this is a question of humanity,” MCEA president Chris Lloyd said.

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Biden: US Will Hold Russia Accountable Over Crimea

Reuters February 26, 2021 0 Comments

U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday said the United States would stand with Ukraine and hold Russia accountable for its aggression against Crimea, according to a statement released by the White House on the anniversary of Moscow’s 2014 annexation of the peninsula.

“The United States does not and will never recognize Russia’s purported annexation of the peninsula, and we will stand with Ukraine against Russia’s aggressive acts. We will continue to work to hold Russia accountable for its abuses and aggression in Ukraine,” Biden said.

The Biden administration has said still conducting its foreign policy reviews regarding Russia, China and other key areas after taking the reins from former Republican President Donald Trump on Jan. 20.

Biden, a Democrat, spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin late last month and pressed him on a range of issues, including Ukraine’s sovereignty as well as Moscow’s jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, alleged interference in the 2020 U.S. election and the massive cyber hack against the U.S. government last year.

The White House in recent days said it will respond to Russia in coming weeks over the SolarWinds hack.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Lisa Lambert)

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